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Before establishing themselves as both a commercial and a progressive metal force, Seattle's Queensrÿche dealt classic metal steeped in English tradition. In fact, their 1983 self-titled debut EP, while largely ignored in America, became a sensation in the U.K. and Europe. The band displays an obvious Iron Maiden influence in their early songs, which often featured "dungeons and dragons" lyrical themes. Their classic "Queen of the Reich" is one such example (with a hilariously primitive adventure video to boot), while "The Lady Wore Black" displays more maturity — a sign of things to come. EMI scored an extra point when issuing the CD version by adding "Prophecy," a phenomenal outtake from the Rage for Order sessions that helps make this a must-have release for Queensrÿche fans. [The EMI 2003 reissue includes not only 24-bit remastered sound, but ten live tracks from 1984 that were originally found on the Live in Tokyo video.]

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Formed: 1981 in Bellevue, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums,...
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